Biden Defends Parkland Gaffe: 'I Was Still Called Vice President' When Shooting Happened

Campaign previously acknowledged Biden's mistake

August 20, 2019

Joe Biden attempted to do damage control Tuesday in Iowa on his comment from earlier this month when he falsely stated he was vice president during the Parkland school shooting in 2018, but it didn't go smoothly.

Speaking at a campaign event, Biden said he "was still called vice president" when he met with the students from Parkland.

"I also met with the kids from Parkland, in the Capitol," Biden said. "I was still called vice president, but it was in '18."

His memory of the event, however, remains incomplete.

"They asked me to come speak to them in the rotunda," Biden said, before pausing to think.

"I think it was the rotunda, it was one of the buildings, or one of the rooms in the Capitol," he said.

It was a clear attempt by Biden to recover from his mistake earlier this month when he falsely claimed at a gun control forum that he was vice president during the deadly February 2018 shooting.

"I watched what happened when the kids from Parkland marched up and I met with them and then they went off up to the Hill when I was vice president," Biden said at the forum.

Biden's attempt to explain away his gaffe by saying he was still called vice president when he met the children is interesting given his campaign immediately acknowledged it was a mistake when the initial comment was made.

"Wouldn’t it be nice to have a president who consoles Americans in their time of need so often that he sometimes mistakes the timing?" said Kate Bedingfield, Biden's communications director.

Biden's brain surgeon released a statement on Tuesday saying he "has a brain that is functioning."